Large holiday cottages to rent are the perfect solution as we ease out of lockdown to reunite with families and friends. With restrictions on overseas travel persisting, what could be a better way to catch-up than a staycation in one of these large holiday homes in the beautiful British countryside?
We understand that a holiday just isn’t the same without all members of the family coming along, including our little furry friends, which is why we have created a round-up of these fabulous large holiday homes which are all 100% dog-friendly, so that no one is left behind!
Bunny Cottage, Cornwall
Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2, Pets Allowed: 2
A holiday at Bunny Cottage is the perfect solution for those who are torn between the beautiful countryside and the scenic seaside. Offering the best of both worlds, this large holiday cottage is located in a peaceful area between Newquay and Watergate Bay in Cornwall, one of the nation’s favourite coastal towns.
The large holiday home comfortably sleeps six, with three double bedrooms and a large family bathroom. It has recently been renovated to combine traditional features with luxurious touches throughout, and the vast open plan kitchen and spacious living room make it the perfect holiday cottage for large groups. Furthermore, the beautiful south-facing garden offers refreshing countryside views, with plenty of space and outdoor furniture for al fresco dining in the summer months.
The local area is well known for its tourist attractions and beautiful sandy beaches, including Fistral Beach, Tolcarne Beach and Crantock beach, which are all very popular with families, surfers and dog owners, where you may even spot some dolphins!
Rockpools, Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Sleeps: 10, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 4, Pets Allowed: 1
This stunning private beach house is located in the beautiful landscape of Watergate Bay on the North Coast of Cornwall, surrounded by scenic coastlines and vast blue waters.
As one of the most sought after large holiday homes to rent for groups, it’s no surprise that Rockpools has been architecturally designed to perfection, making the most of the relaxed indoor/outdoor Cornish lifestyle. The property has a sleek and spacious open-plan interior with a large lounge area, scandi-style kitchen, cinema room and floor-to ceiling windows showcasing the spectacular sea view. There is also a stylish outdoor entertainment area featuring a private patio, barbeque and outdoor swinging chairs looking out to sea.
This large holiday home by the sea has some of the UK’s best beaches at its doorsteps, surrounded by pristine stretches of sand and many coastal paths offering a multitude of activities including watersports and coastal hikes.
Mayes Cottage, Norfolk
Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2, Pets Allowed:1
Mayes Cottage is a large holiday home located in the village of Brancaster along the stunning Norfolk coastline, within close distance of Holkham and Wells-next-the-sea.
This large holiday cottage has been built from traditional Norfolk brick and flint and tastefully decorated with modern flooring and furnishings throughout. There is a large dining kitchen area with a vaulted ceiling, limestone flooring and French doors opening into the enclosed patio. The three bedrooms and two bathrooms are spread over two floors, making it perfect for families and large groups, and there is a delightful secluded south-facing outdoor area, which consists of a characteristic courtyard complete with outdoor dining furniture and sheltered loggia.
The local area is perfect for walkers, golfers, sailors, birdwatchers and dog owners. It is surrounded with beautiful beaches and there are many great restaurants in the nearby villages.
Whiteshoot Farm, Redlynch, New Forest
Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3, Pets Allowed.
Whiteshoot Farm is located in the stunning countryside of Redlynch, which is just six miles from the cathedral city of Salisbury.
This large holiday home is a thatched barn conversion that is full of character, with a spacious interior featuring stunning high vaulted ceilings and four bedrooms sleeping up to six guests. The farm is situated in six acres with far-reaching views and a garden featuring a patio with furniture, a large outdoor heated swimming pool, a zip wire, a lake with a boat, and a vineyard, offering endless adventures and activities for families and large groups to enjoy.
The local area is criss-crossed with scenic walks and cycle trails, and the New Forest National Park is nearby which has beautiful scenery and wildlife all year round. Furthermore, guests can easily visit Bournemouth beach and the local market towns of Fordingbridge and Ringwood.
Cherry Cottage, Sussex, England
Sleeps: 8, bedrooms: 3, bathrooms: 3, Pets allowed: 2
Cherry Cottage is a beautiful large holiday home to rent with stunning rural views, located in a secluded and peaceful setting in the village of Ripe within the Wealden District of East Sussex.
This holiday cottage for large groups has been tastefully decorated in contemporary country style, with a spacious dual dining and living area divided by a stunning wood burning stove. There are two spacious double bedrooms with integrated en-suites, and a twin bedroom, making it a perfect group holiday cottage. Considered the highlight of Cherry Cottage is its large enclosed garden, which has a paved terrace with garden furniture and a vast lawn area, which is perfect for our four legged friends.
With a wealth of fields and woodlands to explore, there are numerous country walks on Cherry Cottage’s doorstep. The local village is also within walking-distance and nearby is the market town of Lewes with many restaurants and cafés and the spectacular Sussex coast with cliff top walks and stunning sea views.
The Old Vicarage, Yorkshire
Sleeps: 16, Bedrooms: 8, Bathrooms: 7, Pets Allowed: 3.
This spectacular large family holiday home is located near the village of Rosedale Abbey in the heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, one of the UK’s most picturesque unspoilt stretches of countryside.
The Old Vicarage is a perfect holiday cottage for large groups to rent because it is so spacious, hosting four reception rooms and 6 of the 8 large bedrooms have en-suites. The property was built in the 1880s and has been recently renovated, combining traditional features with an orangery extension that makes the most of the stunning views. There is also a two-acre garden with a stylish decking area, providing the space and luxury for large groups to enjoy.
The unique landscape of the North Yorkshire Moors provides endless things to do, including a number of brilliant walking and cycling trails with amazing views and local market towns to visit.
Aikwood Tower, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Sleeps: 10, bedrooms: 5, bathrooms: 5, Pets allowed: 3.
Aikwood Tower is set in the heart of the Scottish Boarders, surrounded by stunning landscapes and etched in history as it was once the home of the famous Border Reivers.
The beautiful grade A listed property is 500 years old and has been tastefully renovated in contemporary style that combines rugged walls with five-star interiors. The prize features of this large holiday home are its roaring hall fire and stunning Duxiana beds in each of the five bedrooms with en-suites. There is even a fully enclosed walled garden with a beautiful orchard for guests to enjoy.
This is the ideal large country house to rent for weekends because there is so much to do in the local area for those who enjoy the great outdoors, including some of Scotland’s finest walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding.
Port na Mine Large Holiday Home, Inverawe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Sleeps: 12, bedrooms: 6, bathrooms: 6, Pets allowed: 2.
Port na Mine is an idyllic large holiday home in Scotland that is situated in Inverawe, near Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute, with breath-taking views of Loch Etive and Glencoe.
This spacious group holiday cottage is traditionally decorated and brimming with character. It has six bedrooms and bathrooms, comfortably seeping twelve guests and making it perfect for holidays with friends and family. There is a large garden with a pond, which is fully enclosed with a fence, so children and dogs are safe to run around. Furthermore, the loch below can be reached via a garden track, where a boat jetty and stunning views await.
A stay at Port na Mine will be filled with adventures as the large holiday cottage is surrounded by 30 acres of stunning landscape waiting to be explored, and many of Arygll’s popular destinations are close by such as the golf club and village of Taynuilt.
Garth Iwrch Large Holiday Cottage, Bodnant Estate, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales
Sleeps: 4, bedrooms: 2, bathrooms: 2, Pets allowed: 2.
Garth Iwrch is a large holiday home located on the beautiful Bodnant Estate in north Wales. The surrounding countryside of the Conwy Valley has stunning views across to hilly Snowdonia.
The secluded stone cottage has been lovingly restored and retains many of its period features such as beamed ceilings, original slate floor and a wood burning stove. The large open-plan kitchen diner is a great sociable space for large groups to enjoy. There is also a spacious garden which consists of two terraces, a lawn and patio area, and beyond the garden there is a vast 20km of private paths winding through the woods and farmland.
There is much to do on the estate including farming, rural activities and walks along the endless miles of private woodland paths, making it a dog-walkers dream. You can also visit the world famous Bodnant Garden, which is just a few miles away.
Bryn Mawr, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales
Sleeps: 7, bedrooms: 4, bathrooms: 3, Pets allowed: 1.
Set in the idyllic Bodnant Estate, this large holiday home is south-western facing and surrounded by hilly woodland countryside and breath-taking views of the Conwy Valley and Snowdonia.
Bryn Mawr is a beautiful converted barn that has been tastefully decorated in a traditional yet modern style. It is extremely spacious with an open-plan kitchen and diner and separate sitting room, which makes it a perfect holiday cottage for large groups, with plenty of room for family and friends to spread out and relax. The house also has its own private lawn and patio area and guests have access to over 20km of private paths to explore.
There is plenty to do at Bryn Mawr, with acres of woods and farmland at its doorstep and the world famous Bodnant Garden close by, which is owned by the National Trust.